So I was clearing out a ship wreck and decided take a nap in a nearby sleeping roll to feel well-rested, when suddenly I woke up working on some temple at the Beast Stone with bunch of cultists.

The Temple of Miraak is close nearby featuring a Tree Stone. Interacting with the stones just makes me their tool again to work at the temple. I tried talking to the cultists but they all spout out mystical one liners.

Is there a quest involved with those cultists, and if so how do I trigger it? Or was this just a random encounter?

  • I can't remember exactly how it happens, but you eventually get a quest to "activate" these stones, which summons monsters from Apocrypha. When you defeat them, you free everyone that's working on these stones.
    – Ben
    Jan 8, 2015 at 21:31
  • @Ben According to elderscrolls.wikia.com/ I have to complete the quest The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller as then some cultists are said to attack me, triggering the main quest.
    – k0pernikus
    Jan 8, 2015 at 23:10
  • I believe so. You will need to start the main Dragonborn questline, and I remember the cleansing of these stones involves a shout of some kind.
    – Ben
    Jan 8, 2015 at 23:12
  • Getting drafted into Miraak's redecoration project should only happen in Solstheim, but you haven't started the DB main quest yet? Are you using Alternate Start? Jan 9, 2015 at 15:10
  • @KlausDraeger I don't use mods but play the vanilla game with all its official DLC. Yet I did start this play through with the whole intention of not visiting Whiterun at all in the beginning as I just wanted to see what can be done without doing the main quest at all. It turns out, quite a lot. In over 100 hours of gameplay I have one(!) finished main quest, namely the one where you flee Helgen Keep.
    – k0pernikus
    Jan 9, 2015 at 15:23

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The Beast Stone is one of 4 markers (though there are 5 in total) that need to be cleansed as a part of the main questline in the Dragonborn DLC. This is done with the Bend Will shout.

Once cleansed, all the people that are working on the stones will be freed, and you will also gain an ability from it. The Beast Stone in particular will allow you to summon a were-bear to fight along side you for a short time.

Additionally, the trigger for yourself to somehow have been entranced by the powers of the stone, and wake up worshipping/working on the stone is caused by sleeping in Solstheim before having learned the first word of the Bend Will shout.


I had to start the The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller main quest one only gets from the Grey Beards, after having visited Whiterun, talking to the Jarl there, and being sent of the Grey Beards.

While trying to obtain the horn, I was told to go to Riverwood. There, I met two Cultists asking me if I was the Dragonborn, a fight ensued, and I got a note from their bodies that directed me to Solstheim.

In Solstheim, after asking around, I was sent to the Temple of Miraak, and this time Frea from the Skaal village appears, leading eventually to the quest to destroy all those stones.

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